Venoco South Ellwood Field Background Info

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Please note that this is an archived page. For more information on Venoco's lease quitclaims and bankruptcy, visit the City's Venoco Quitclaim and Bankruptcy Page

Venoco applied to the California State Lands Commission (CSLC) to amend Lease PRC 3242, which was located offshore of the City of Goleta, to encompass a greater portion of the South Ellwood Field. Venoco sought an adjustment of the easterly boundary of PRC 3242 to include approximately 3,400 additional acres in exchange for Venoco’s quitclaim and release of approximately 3,800 acres of the northern and southern portions of PRC 3242 and PRC 3120 into the California Coastal Sanctuary. Venoco estimated another 60 million barrels of oil would be recoverable with the eastern boundary lease extension, with approximately 60 percent (36 million barrels) of the 60 million barrels produced from within the existing PRC 3242 adjacent to the eastern lease boundary. The Project would have used Platform Holly and other existing facilities, including the Ellwood Onshore Facility (EOF) within the City. 

On May 1, 2015, the CSLC released a Project Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) and released the Draft EIR on September 14, 2016. The City of Goleta commented on both the NOP and Draft EIR. The City’s comment letters are posted below:

City Comment Letter on South Ellwood Field Project NOP (June 29, 2015)

City Comment Letter on South Ellwood Field Project Draft EIR (November 14, 2016)

California State Lands Commission Contact:
Eric Gillies
Assistant Division Chief
Environmental Planning and Management
California State Lands Commission
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 100-South
Sacramento, CA 95825
FAX: (916) 574-1885
Phone: (916) 574-1890